Hi everyone - I'm a newbie to the site and am desparate for any feedback or help members can offer.
I had an emergency discectomy (L5/S1) in June 08 after having to call an ambulance to get me up off the floor. I had my first taste of back pain in 06 and took steroids orally for several weeks. The pain stopped - so I decided against surgery. But, since then I've had my first little one and when the pain reappeared (and so aggressively), I opted for the surgery in hopes of getting back to normal life and also because I simply couldn't walk at all. I hope this was reason enough to opt for the procedure.
The surgery took about 2 hrs. My leg/back pain was gone immediately after the procedure. I was released from the hospital after one day. I went home and took it easy. I did some light back exercises, but nothing too much.
I am now eager to get back to work. But, the pain is COMING BACK!! It's not nearly as bad as before. It has been a little over 3 months since the surgery and I am feeling a tightness in my back. I had returned to life as normal with my 15 lb baby (which included carrying her, carseats, strollers, etc.). I think I messed something up.
1. Has anyone every experienced a flare-up after a discectomy?
2. Have I reherniated the disc?
3. Will things ever be back to normal?!?!
I'm sorry this is so long - but I figure the more info the better advise I'll recieve. Please help - any and all advice/support is appreciated as I am extremely worried (which I don't think helps my back) :S .